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CCTV footage shows intensity of Mumbai air crash

Prime News, Nation, (Mumbai), June 30:-A day after an aircraft crashed into an under-construction building in Ghatkopar here, CCTV footage has emerged showing the intensity of the impact.

The footage shows the plane turning into a ball of fire amidst a deafening roar.

Officials said the footage is from a close-circuit television camera installed in a building near the one into which the 12-seater Beechcraft King Air C90 aircraft crashed.

The footage, however, does not give a clear picture of whether the aircraft burst into flames mid-air or whether it blew up on impact of the crash, an official said.

Mumbai police, who has barricaded the site of the crash, said all stakeholders would be called in to share details as part of the probe into the air mishap.

“A case of accidental death has been registered and an inquiry has been initiated,” Akhilesh Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone VII, said.

Another police official said residents of nearby buildings, who might have been able to see the accident unfolding, will be asked to chip in with their inputs.

Prakash Shrigiri, who lives in a building adjacent to the spot where the plane crashed, said housing societies of buildings in the vicinity have been asked to submit CCTV footage to police.

The CCTV footage which emerged on Friday is now part of the investigation being helmed by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, an official said.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said the aircraft seems to have crashed in a “steep angle”.

“I interacted with the Bureau team at the crash site on Friday and also spoke to half a dozen eye witnesses. It seems the aircraft came dangling almost vertically at an angle of 15-20 degrees,” he said.

Five people, comprising four crew members and a worker at the construction site, died in the accident.

The police identified the crash victims as pilots Maria Zuberi, 48, and Pradeep Rajput, engineer Surabhi Brijeshkumar Gupta, 34, technician Manish Tejpal Pande, 21 and Govind Pandit.

The aircraft, owned by Mumbai-based firm UY Aviation, crashed into the under-construction building, in Ghatkopar’s Jagruti Nagar locality a little after 1 pm on Thursday.

Meanwhile, father of maintenance engineer Surabhi Gupta, who lost her life in Mumbai plane crash, has said his daughter had told him that she was going to fly a sick aircraft.

Calling it a clear case of carelessness, Gupta’s father said the incident could have been averted.

“A day before she boarded the aircraft she told me that she’s about to fly a sick aircraft. This is a clear case of carelessness. This incident could have been avoided,” he said.

Gupta was one of the two maintenance engineers on board in the UA Aviation Pvt Ltd aircraft which crashed in near under construction building in Ghatkopar on Thursday.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), two pilots, two aircraft maintenance engineers, and one other person lost their lives in the crash.

Indramer Aviation, the company that was undertaking maintenance of the ill-fated chartered plane had cleared it for the test flight after it passed all the ground tests.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

 

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